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Thread started 03/27/14 11:44am

Stimpy

I am obsessed with Just My Imagination

There, I said it.

The solos He played in the 5 or 6 versions that we can still hear floating around bootleg space have to be the greatest ever played on the instrument.

I am a guitar player and fan of guitar players.

I like all the great ones for all the usual reasons.

But I have never heard ANYTHING like those chops.

EVH can "fall down the stairs and land on his feet," JH can take 500 mics of lysergic acid and still stay inside the lines, Clapton can be God (and he was recently asked "what it is like to be the best guitarist alive?" and he supposedly answered "I don't know, ask Prince") and SRV can spank the plank harder than anybody to be sure.

All of that is true.

But nobody other than Miles (and only rarely even for him) could get the MELODY so perfect for so long and never fall back into filler, riffs or scales.

I just had to get that off my chest.

Now I can go back to my own on again off again relationship with the damned thing.

Was anybody here actually at any of those shows?

I would love any impressions.

The "Glory Years" minute and a half notwithstanding.

Las Vegas.

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Reply #1 posted 03/27/14 12:15pm

fbueller

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Amazing how many people don't know how good Prince is on guitar.

[Edited 3/27/14 12:17pm]

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Reply #2 posted 03/27/14 12:16pm

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It gives me goosebumps and incites a "hell yeah" every time.
"does my cock look fat in these jeans?"
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Reply #3 posted 03/27/14 5:33pm

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Stimpy, you done said well. I love the kind of review where the enthusiasm of the reviewer is transmitted to you the reader as by an electric current. I have never heard that live. I'll have to relisten to the version on 2nd Show... but I just wanted to chime in, because your post reminded me of another bit, which I did hear live, and once had on tape from another show. It was the Symbol tour, I saw him at the Forum in Montreal, and it was during She's Always In My Hair - at one point he segues off into a repetitive guitar riff that's like moebius circle or a looping, dancing pattern. Dead simple, not many notes, a lot of echo or some other pedal effect. It was a minimalist guitar masterpiece - how much beauty can you squeeze out of how few notes, repeated with the littlest variation, over and over again? I figure it lasts a minute or so, 90 seconds tops. Maximum feeling. For me, the electric guitar is the ultimate instrument, and Prince the ultimate electric guitarist, even though his recorded work doesn't highlight it much. Thanks for your post. That's what true fandom is about - enthusiasm. Awe.

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Reply #4 posted 03/27/14 5:37pm

ludwig

Stimpy said:

Clapton can be God (and he was recently asked "what it is like to be the best guitarist alive?" and he supposedly answered "I don't know, ask Prince")

That wasn't recently. I know this quote for at least ten years, if not 15 years.

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Reply #5 posted 03/27/14 6:12pm

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I really love the energy in the guitar solo at Camden 88. Trojan is good, but Camden is where it's at for me.

Always cry 4 love, never cry 4 pain.
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Reply #6 posted 03/27/14 7:02pm

trax

fbueller said:

Amazing how many people don't know how good Prince is on guitar.

[Edited 3/27/14 12:17pm]

That is Prince's fault. His albums don't exactly have great guitar work on them.

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Reply #7 posted 03/27/14 7:35pm

NouveauDance

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It's pretty fucking amazing.

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Reply #8 posted 03/27/14 11:40pm

kalelvisj

I remember picking up the vinyl "Small Club '88" disc and School Kids Records in Chapel Hill, NC and racing home to my place outside of Fort Bragg, NC and playing through that record and loving all of it, but the one track that really completely blew me away was "Just My Imagination." It was the first time I had heard Prince do a cover song and the solo was other worldly.

On a side note, has anyone else ever imagined how cool a finished version of "people without" woudl be. I love it on the boot but you an just feel the improved nature of the song. Anyone know if Prince ever went back to that track?

Great post, thanks for bringing up such a wonderful musical memory.

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Reply #9 posted 03/28/14 11:54am

Farfunknugin

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kalelvisj said:

I remember picking up the vinyl "Small Club '88" disc and School Kids Records in Chapel Hill, NC and racing home to my place outside of Fort Bragg, NC and playing through that record and loving all of it, but the one track that really completely blew me away was "Just My Imagination." It was the first time I had heard Prince do a cover song and the solo was other worldly.

On a side note, has anyone else ever imagined how cool a finished version of "people without" woudl be. I love it on the boot but you an just feel the improved nature of the song. Anyone know if Prince ever went back to that track?

Great post, thanks for bringing up such a wonderful musical memory.

I remember hearing a demo of "people without" yrs ago & was left unimpressed but it was cool to hear. I believe it was just him , a keyboard & the linn drum machine. It was also sped up tempo wise if i remember correctly

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Reply #10 posted 03/29/14 3:59am

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I wonder what a studio version might have sounded like? Nothing could compare to that live version, but I'm interested in what he might have come up with in the studio. It could have sounded something like Love Song w/ Madonna, or maybe he would have gone more in a Stones direction with it. I've won many over with the Small Club performance, they simply weren't expecting something like that from Prince.
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Reply #11 posted 03/29/14 4:11am

thisisreece

Just My Imagination is beautiful, I can listen to it over and over.

Hundalasiliah!
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Reply #12 posted 03/31/14 5:02am

iZsaZsa

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Prince's mic turned up, the keyboard volume turned down, then it would be perfect for me. It's my song of the day though. music
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Reply #13 posted 03/31/14 5:23am

nursev

never heard it
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Reply #14 posted 04/01/14 2:59pm

Xibalba

bluegangsta said:

I really love the energy in the guitar solo at Camden 88. Trojan is good, but Camden is where it's at for me.


THIS.

But that said, ever since seeing that clip of him performing a more "delicate" version at a soundcheck in LA circa 1988 with this beautiful, gentle, guitar-line in that BBC documentary many years ago, i've been obsessed with hearing that soundcheck.

All the bloody gigs/aftershows and soundchecks I want to hear don't seem to exist though!

#Standard.

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Reply #15 posted 04/01/14 3:46pm

Aerogram

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One time long ago, I listened to it in the subway. As people kept pouring in the car, I was transfixed by what I was hearing and realized I couldn't listen to that song in public -- just too mind blowing.

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Reply #16 posted 04/01/14 6:05pm

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iZsaZsa said:

Prince's mic turned up, the keyboard volume turned down, then it would be perfect for me. It's my song of the day though. music


Yeah, I agree that it would be nice to hear Prince's vocals more clearly, which are for me almost as impressive as the guitar work and add a really powerful ghostly or ethereal quality to the song which the Temptations' original never had; as much as I love Eddie Kendricks his vocal is a bit sugary here.
Heavenly wine and roses seems to whisper to me when you smile...
Always cry for love, never cry for pain...
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Reply #17 posted 04/24/14 10:30am

luvsexy4all

im wondering if this is "fixed" like the sacrifice of vicor video of The Ride

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